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CIOPORA Presents its Position on Patents to 200 Experts

On November 29 in Brussels, Philippe de Jong of ALTIUS, on behalf of CIOPORA, presented the recently approved CIOPORA Position on Patents for Plant related inventions to an auditorium of more than 200 experts. While the title of the conference sponsored by the EPO and CPVO was “Supporting innovation in the plant sector”, it quickly became clear that the focus of the event lied on Patents. It was also evident that the CIOPORA position is not entirely in line with the new approach of the EPO in regard to products originating from essentially biological processes, namely to exclude them from patentability as a result of the policy change of the European Commission. Instead of the radical

In Memory: Herman Hamer

It is with heavy hearts that we must wish goodbye to another industry leader, Herman Hamer, Shareholder and Advisor to the Board of Florensis and President of the Fleuroselect Board. Herman passed away at home on November 12 at the age of 60. His kindness, ingenuity and commitment to the ornamental industry will be greatly missed. The funeral for Herman will take place on Friday, November 17, at 12:30 at the Bethel Church in Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands. A gathering will be held at Florensis following the funeral, from 14:30-18:00 (Address: Langeweg 79 in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht). As parking facilities near the church are limited, cars may be parked at Florensis and a shuttle bus service is off

World Floral Summit: Vertical Integration in the Horticulture Sector

CIOPORA was honored to join key associations and business leaders at the World Floral Summit, sponsored by Royal FloraHolland, on November 7 in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands. Industry visionary Jaap Kras kicked off the event, comparing the path of flower from creation to consumer in 1990 to that of today and highlighting the fact that many of the steps that existed 30 years ago have now been eliminated. This thread of “anticipating change” was woven throughout the rest of the event. With the underlying theme of vertical integration in the horticulture sector, leaders from each step in the trade chain – CIOPORA, AIPH, Union Fleurs and Florint – took the stage to present their current challenges a

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